We want the V&A to matter to more people and to inspire them wherever they live. We are committed to providing the best possible physical and intellectual access to all our collections and expertise throughout the UK, as well as at South Kensington and the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Here are just some of the ways in which we enable as many people as possible to interact with our collections all over the country.
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V&A Museum of Design Dundee
The V&A Museum of Design Dundee, due to open in 2018, will be Scotland’s first museum dedicated to design, telling the story of Scotland's design heritage and bringing the most important international exhibitions from the V&A to Scotland. It is being developed by Design Dundee Limited, a new organisation established through a partnership between the V&A, Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Scottish Enterprise.
The Wedgwood collection
The Wedgwood collection is one of the most important industrial collections in the world and a unique record of over 250 years of British ceramic production. Now owned by the V&A following a successful fundraising campaign, spearheaded by The Art Fund, it is on display at the Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, on long-term loan from the Museum.
The V&A and Museums Sheffield established a formal partnership for the development of the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield in 1999. The partnership continues through exhibitions, curatorial and learning projects, and staff development.
The V&A Photography Curators’ Training Programme
With support from Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum runs a programme to help the development of curatorial expertise in the art and culture of photography, working with regional museum partners. The programme has been in place since 2014, and has resulted in collaborations with Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Museums Sheffield. The curatorial trainee post provides practical training in photographs curatorship and equips a Curator with specialist knowledge of photography and the ability to care for and develop photography collections. It provides an unparalleled practical training opportunity in photographs curatorship in the UK to build expertise in the field.
Art Fund has agreed to support a third year of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s programme to help support the development of curatorial expertise in art photography, working with regional museum partners.
Applications are welcome from organisations with a permanent collection of art photography who are able to identify a discrete project for the assistant curator to deliver which will benefit the collection, the organisation and its audiences. It is likely that the successful partner will not currently have staff expertise in art photography. The project will result in material outcomes for the regional partner which could include, but are not limited to, an exhibition, a refocus of the collecting policy, a publication or cataloguing of the collection.
Supported by the Art Fund
V&A and RIBA Architecture Partnership
The V&A and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) partnership aims to promote the understanding and enjoyment of architecture. The Partnership brings together the RIBA's drawings and archives collections and the V&A's collections of architectural drawings and photographs at one location - the V&A in London. It also brings together the expertise of each institution in an exciting new programme of temporary exhibitions at the V&A, at the RIBA, and on tour.
The ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund
The ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund is currently closed for applications. Future funding for the Purchase Grant Fund will be awarded from the National Lottery as part of a standardised new approach being adopted by the Arts Council. We are committed to managing the Purchase Grant Fund at the V&A and the outcome of our application to distribute the budget will be announced in early summer.
The V&A supports an ambitious programme of loans as a key means of making our collections more widely available to the public. In any one year, some 2,500 V&A objects can be seen in many venues throughout the UK.
V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London is home to one of the world's largest and oldest collections of toys and childhood artefacts.
About 200,000 visits are made to our touring exhibitions each year. Touring exhibitions are perhaps the our most high profile off-site activity, enabling as many people as possible to engage with the V&A and its collections.
We work with a range of educational, cultural and community organisations, both formally and informally, to bring long term benefits to the institutions concerned, to the public - internationally and in the UK - and to the wider economy.
We are currently working with The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry and Coventry Transport Museum on a project funded by the Department for Education, via The Arts Council. The three-year initiative plans to share expertise, co-devise sessions for schools and run projects to help primary school teachers arrange more museum visits and bring the curriculum to life for their groups.
Supporting collections and research
Knowledge and skills are a vast resource built up by curators, educators, conservators, students and research fellows. Advice is disseminated to government, national and international audiences through publications, touring exhibitions, talks, seminars and web resources. These links are both academic and practical, formal and informal.